Social Support

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Having social support in relationships is a major bonus! Learn what this support can do and how best to give it! 

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Do your family and friends have to like your partner?

Kale Monk

According to research, external support of your relationship is vital for it's longevity. This article provides a critique to the "Romeo & Juliet Phenomenon."

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  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Campus Sex...With a Syllabus

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    Lessons about consent have been few and far between for many. Check out what Jonathan Kalin, founder of the organization Party with Consent has to say about the messages received from media about sex and how this contrasts with real life. 

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Relationship Education
    Accessing knowledge to enhance your positive contributions to a relationship in the present or future
    Risky Behaviors
    Learning what behaviors put you and your relationship at risk for distress and ways to create more adaptive behaviors
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Why You Should Have More Empathy

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    Being sensitive to others' feelings and expressing that empathy can help relationships. The ability to express empathy in a caring way can be genetic, but is often a result of one's childhood obervations of what people around them did in the face of emotions. Thankfully, science shows us that simply making efforts to express empathy increases relationship happiness. 

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  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Impact of Childhood Family Processes on Offspring Romantic Relationships
    How one’s experiences interacting with important others growing up influence adult romantic relationships and strategies for keeping the positives and changing what’s not working
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
  • Single and (Not?) Lonely: How Socially Connected are Married vs. Single People

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    Being single is not actually a lonely status like the stereotype suggests. In fact, single people often have more contact with family and friends compared to those in relationships! Read on as Dr. Benjamin Le at Science of Relationships busts this myth. 

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  • Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Mental Health & Personal Development
    Understanding and maximizing what each person brings to their romantic relationships and how relationships impact our mental health
  • Everyone Lies on the Internet...

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    Presenting oneself from behind a screen allows for choice of what others will see. With that comes the temptation to alter facts or mislead followers. Before you compare yourself to others who look like they have amazingly flawless lives, consider that people lie on the internet. Learn more about how "online deception is the rule, not the exception."

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    Topics:
  • Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
  • Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

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    In Britain, loneliness is being viewed as a public health concern worth noticing. Researchers have found loneliness to be connected to declines in physical and cognitive health. As social beings, we are in need of social connection and support to thrive. Read on to learn more about the facinating research done on loneliness and its effects. 

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    Topics:
  • Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Human Development
    Changes in romantic relationship development, priorities, and issues at different ages
    Physical Health
    Physical health in romantic relationships
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
    Life Transitions
    Managing the uncertainty and competing demands that come with certain life transitions (going to college, starting a career, moving, etc.) while in or preparing for a romantic relationship
  • What Research Tells Us About the Most Successful Relationships

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    This fun article is a must read for people in and out of relationships. Click to reveal 6 trending research findings that contribte to successful relationships. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship